Football Wins at Pace Academy on Fourth Quarter Comeback

ATLANTA, Ga.- Down 20-10 going into the fourth quarter, the First Presbyterian Day School football team (2-1) came from behind late to pull off a 24-20 win on the road Friday night over the Pace Academy Knights.

The Vikings scored with 2:14 remaining on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Brooks Stroud to Darron Moore to go ahead for good. The FPD defense held off the Pace offense with two crucial stops, including a key sack to secure the victory.

FPD trailed early when Pace quarterback Kevin Johnson found receiver Kameron Uter on a four-yard pass to put the Knights up 7-0 at the 3:51 mark in the first quarter.

The Vikings would answer with a 37-yard field goal from Conner Albright at 10:56 in the second quarter to make it 7-3 in favor of Pace.

FPD would take the lead briefly on a Stroud 50-yard touchdown run with 2:09 left in the first half, but Pace responded when Johnson found Trevor Cefalu on a 55-yard score through the air. However, the PAT was blocked.

Pace would take a 13-10 advantage heading into intermission. The Vikings rushed for 129 yards on 17 attempts in the first half and threw for 37 yards for a total of 166 yards.

In the second half, Pace struck first in the third quarter when Johnson connected with Cefalu again at the 4:27 mark on an 11-yard score to make it 20-10.

The stage was set for the Viking comeback in the fourth as the defense held the Knights to no points. FPD would cut the Pace lead to three when Will Black ran for a nine-yard touchdown with 8:39 remaining.

The Vikings would get the ball back on a Kaleb Fuller interception and methodically march down the field to score when Stroud found Moore in the end zone.

Both teams gained 13 first downs in the match. The Vikings posted 273 total yards offensively on the night.

Stroud led the Vikings on the ground and in the air, rushing for 154 yards and throwing for 58.

Pace committed five penalties, compared to just two for FPD. Johnson, while throwing for three touchdowns, threw three interceptions as well, two of which were in the second period.

The Vikings return to the gridiron Friday, September 28, for its first region contest of the year, welcoming Lincoln County at 7:30 p.m.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics, home to multiple region and state championships in both the GISA and GHSA, strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while continuing to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. Now a member of the GHSA, the Vikings have continued to provide FPD athletes, coaches, fans and spectators a positive, Christian environment on a daily basis. For more information, visit and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting



FPD 24, PACE 20

FPD 0-10-0-14–14

Pace 7-6-7-0–20

First Quarter

P — Kameron Uter 4 pass from Kevin Johnson (Adam Ellender kick)

Second Quarter

FPD — Conner Albright 37 field goal

FPD — Brooks Stroud 50 run (Albright kick)

P — Trevor Cefalu 55 pass from Johnson (kick failed)

Third Quarter

P — Cefalu 11 pass from Johnson (Ellender kick)

Fourth Quarter

FPD — Will Black 9 run (Albright kick)

FPD — Darron Moore 7 pass from Stroud (Albright kick)


First downs 13 13

Rushes-yards 31-215 27-80

Passing yards 58 254

Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 18-26-3

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 2-1 1-0


RUSHING — FPD: Stroud 19-154, Black 5-25, Alec Martin 2-25; Pace: Johnson 15-40, Denzel Franklin 12-40.

PASSING — FPD: Stroud 6-10-0 58; Pace: Johnson 18-26-3 254.

RECEIVING — FPD: Scott McCormick 2-25, Joseph Lengel 2-19; Pace: Uter 11-104, Cefalu 5-131.